Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit


The Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit is a biennual conference seeking solutions to the challenges facing the Delaware River and Bay.

Every two years, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) invites scientists, managers, educators and the public to attend a conference aimed at developing practical solutions to the challenges facing the tidal Delaware River and Bay. This four-day event features dozens of experts and more than 100 presentations focused on topics such as clean water, healthy habitats, shellfish and tidal wetlands. Since its launch in 2005, the summit has served as a catalyst for collaboration, bringing together experts from disparate sectors who share a common cause and a passion for environmental preservation.

Registration Information

Reservations open November 1, 2016 for our 2017 Summit, which takes place January 22-25 at The Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. This year’s theme is “Reflecting on Progress, Charting the Future.” To guarantee your spot, register early and receive a generous discount on the conference fee.


This event will likely sell-out, so be sure to register early!

Registration fees include continental breakfast and lunch each day of the conference, as well as dinner on January 23.

Registration fees do NOT cover lodging. To reserve a room at the event’s venue, The Grand Hotel, call (800) 257-8550 or visit

The Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. PDE is grateful to its 2015 sponsors listed below. Check back soon for next winter’s sponsors.

Presenter Information:
Presnters MUST register for the event in order to partcipate (see above). 
Abstract submission is now closed. 
If you would like to submit a poster, there may still be room, please email Sarah Bouboulis for more information.
Abstract submitters: please look for acceptance decisions by the end of October.  
Return to this page for more information as plans develop.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Debbie Heaton
View photos from the 2015 Summit
2015 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit


2015 Program Booklet


Past Summit Information

2015: Balancing Progress & Protection - 10 Years of Science in Action
Proceedings       Sessions & Presentations       Abstract Program        Attendee Listing       Photo Gallery

2013: Weathering Change -Shifting Environments, Shifting Policies, Shifting Needs
Proceedings       Sessions & Presentations       Abstract Program        Attendee Listing       Photo Gallery

2011: Connections - Land to Sea, Shore to Shore, Science to Outreach
Proceedings        Sessions & Presentations       Audiance Polling Results        Photo Gallery

2009: Planning for Tomorrow's Delaware Estuary
Proceedings        Sessions & Presentations        Photo Gallery

2007: Linking Science, Management, and Policy
Proceedings        Sessions & Presentations        Photo Gallery

2005: The State of Science in the Delaware Estuary
Proceedings       Photo Gallery

Please direct questions to the following staff members: Lisa Wool.










































Registration Information